Institution University of Essex
Deadline 29. June 2020
Location United Kingdom
City Colchester


The Human Rights Centre presents its five-day summer school in Human Rights Research Methods from 6 – 10 July 2020. Applications for our 2020 summer school are now open!

The world – renowned Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex is pleased to announce the 2020 programme of its flagship summer school on Human Rights Research Methods.

Making robust claims about human rights, whether in examining violations, or in formulating responses, or in assessing impact, requires methodological rigour, especially in age of disinformation and misinformation. Now in its 7th year, our popular one-week programme on Human Rights Research Methods caters to this growing demand for greater attention to methodology in human rights research.

Taught by an international faculty of leading academics and practitioners, this year’s Summer School will be held from 6-10 July 2020 at our Colchester campus. It will cover a range of qualitative and quantitative methods in human rights research that are essential for human rights professionals, researchers and postgraduate students. There will also be an opportunity learn about human rights advocacy from both international and Essex-based experts.

In taking this course, participants will: 

  • Acquire a strong understanding of the key methods used in human rights research and the way in which they can be used on their own or in combination (mixed methods)
  • Learn to design research projects with a strong methodology, including for grant applications and to have optimal impact on policy and practice
  • Attain a strong understanding of how to ensure that the research meets ethical standards including in NGOs without ethics committees
  • Gain a strong appreciation of qualitative interviewing techniques including issues involved with interviewing victims and affected communities and carrying out research on sensitive human rights topics
  • Learn how to interpret data gained through interviews
  • Become ‘literate’ in carrying out quantitative research and collecting, processing and using data
  • Understand how to do research in different countries and researching in closed and challenging societies
  • Learn how to design and carry out comparative country research
  • Learn about emerging methods such as experiments and the use of social media
  • Understand how to measure the impact of policies and practices based on human rights
  • Learn about advocacy strategies from expert practitioners
Apply now